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Saturday, October 23, 2004
It Can Happen Here: Supremes May Rule In Ballot Nightmare
by Ron Rosenbaum
It’s Jan. 20, 2005. Inauguration Day. As of 9 a.m., with the Presidential inauguration scheduled for noon, the Supreme Court still hasn’t still ruled on Bush v. Kerry, otherwise known as the Consolidated Election Cases.
D.C. police have appealed to the Army Reserves to attempt to keep order when the two rival "Million Voter Marches" of Bush and Kerry supporters both converge on the Supreme Court. Reports of firebombings on the interstates have filtered in, as converging convoys of incensed activists pour into the nation’s capital determined to inaugurate their candidate "one way or another."
The Supreme Court is reported to have been through a bitter all-night emergency session trying to reach agreement on the Election Cases before the Presidency becomes vacant (according to one school of thought) at noon. The House of Representatives has been staying in session all night, stayed by the Supreme Court from granting the request for certification by rival Bush and Kerry slates of electors from Ohio, Colorado and Florida, the three still-undecided states with the power—in certain complex combinations—to decide the deadlocked Electoral College tally, in which neither candidate had a majority. Constitutional lawyers on the morning talk shows speculate about whether, if the Court can’t deliver a decisive ruling by noon, the vacant Presidency will devolve on Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, the next in line in the Presidential succession according to the U.S. Constitution. The Hastert Presidency!
Suddenly, there’s a brief frenzy on the steps of the High Court. The Clerk of the Court appears to announce that there will be a ruling within an hour. Shortly thereafter, Bush and Kerry campaign headquarters issue announcements of press conferences. Something is up. Something is about to break. Is the long electoral nightmare about to end—or has it just begun
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True to their family tradition of personal sacrifice, Jenna and Barbara Bush are the first to sign up for Spring Break Fallujah 2005. "Isn't that an MTV thing?" asked party girl Jenna, "because I'm totally there." How cute! It's armed conflict in the Middle East, spring break style. And the twins will have plenty of company - all guys and girls from the age of 18-34, and medical personnel up to the age of 44! Awesome!
Don't forget, when packing your bags for this very special junior year abroad, it's all about shock and awe, baby. Just ask any of our currently overextended troops - it's a trip to die for.
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"Stocks sent sliding on rash of bad news
Star news services
October 23, 2004
U.S. stocks fell sharply as record oil prices and disappointing sales forecasts from Microsoft Corp. spurred losses in technology shares. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped to its lowest close this year.
Worries about corporate earnings combined with oil topping $55 a barrel to double down on the Dow and Nasdaq.
The Dow lost 107.95, or 1.1 percent, to 9,757.81, its lowest close since Nov. 24. Twenty-eight of the index's 30 stocks fell. The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index slid 38.48, or 2 percent, to 1,915.14, its biggest drop since Aug. 6.
Several Indiana stocks dropped by 1.5 percent or more. Cummins Inc. declined $1.51 a share, to close at $66.25. Eli Lilly and Co. gave up 79 cents to close at $51.85. Marsh Supermarkets lost 17 cents to close at $10.82. Guidant and Anthem shares rallied after sell-offs earlier this week.
"A lot of companies have adjusted their expectations down for 2005 and people aren't going to take that very nicely," said Douglas Ober, who manages the $1.2 billion Adams Express Co. fund in Baltimore. "What people want to know is what the price of oil is going to be and who's going to be president. Until we get those things resolved, we're sort of in limbo."
Oil prices again pressured the market, casting doubt not only on fourth-quarter earnings, but also on the health of the economy as a whole. A barrel of light crude was quoted at $55.17, up 70 cents, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"These oil prices are really going to bite the consumer at some point. Heating oil is up, it's supposed to be a very cold winter in the Northeast, and lower and middle income people are going to pay," said Russ Koesterich, U.S. equity strategist at State Street Corp. "Combine that with a total lack of fundamentals in the big name stocks, and there are very few places left to hide for investors."
WAIT...THIS CANNOT BE....WHY? BECAUSE KING GEORGE THE COWARDLY SAID OUR ECONOMY IS GREAT....HOW CAN THIS NEWS BE? THE ONLY WAY...AND THIS IS TOO HORRIBLE TO CONTEMPLATE...IS...IF BUSH LIED TO US...BUT HE WOULDN'T LIE TO US WOULD HE?
Time to get a real man in the White House. Get the bulge humped Bush outta OUR WHITE HOUSE!"
Time to wake up and smell the coffee about this election.
Bush is trying to give out millions and millions of gallons of his poisoned, counterfeit KoolAid between now and election day. He is fearmongering, lying, and doing everything he can to convince you that if Kerry
gets elected, that Osama will be flying the BatPlane over New York City, about to drop a Nuke on us.
It's the biggest load or Horse Shit I've smelled since Summer 1970 when a herd of quarterhorses got some bad loco weed and developed a raging case of diarrhea.
George W. Bush is a personal coward, a foul mouthed little weasel. He had his Poppy pull every string he could to get out of going to Nam, and get assigned to the champagne division in the Guard.
Time to get a real man in the White House. Get the bulge humped Bush outta OUR WHITE HOUSE!
The New York Times > International > International Special > After Terror, a Secret Rewriting of Military Law
"After Terror, a Secret Rewriting of Military Law
By TIM GOLDEN
Published: October 24, 2004
ASHINGTON - In early November 2001, with Americans still staggered by the Sept. 11 attacks, a small group of White House officials worked in great secrecy to devise a new system of justice for the new war they had declared on terrorism.
Determined to deal aggressively with the terrorists they expected to capture, the officials bypassed the federal courts and their constitutional guarantees, giving the military the authority to detain foreign suspects indefinitely and prosecute them in tribunals not used since World War II.
The plan was considered so sensitive that senior White House officials kept its final details hidden from the president's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, and the secretary of state, Colin L. Powell, officials said. It was so urgent, some of those involved said, that they hardly thought of consulting Congress.
White House officials said their use of extraordinary powers would allow the Pentagon to collect crucial intelligence and mete out swift, unmerciful justice. "We think it guarantees that we'll have the kind of treatment of these individuals that we believe they deserve," said Vice President Dick Cheney, who was a driving force behind the policy.
But three years later, not a single terrorist has been prosecuted. Of the roughly 560 men being held at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, only 4 have been formally charged. Preliminary hearings for those suspects brought such a barrage of procedural challenges and public criticism that verdicts could still be months away. And since a Supreme Court decision in June that gave the detainees the right to challenge their imprisonment in federal court, the Pentagon has stepped up efforts to send home hundreds of men whom it once branded as dangerous terrorists.
"We've cleared whole forests of paper developing procedures for these tribunals, and no one has been tried yet," said Richard L. Shiffrin, who worked on the issue as the Pentagon's deputy general counsel for intelligence matters. "They just ended up in this Kafkaesque sort of purgatory."
The story of how Guantánamo and the new military justice system became an intractable legacy of Sept. 11 has been largely hidden from public view.
But extensive interviews with current and former officials and a review of confidential documents reveal that the legal strategy took shape as the ambition of a small core of conservative administration officials whose political influence and bureaucratic skill gave them remarkable power in the aftermath of the attacks.
The strategy became a source of sharp conflict within the Bush administration, eventually pitting the highest-profile cabinet secretaries - including Ms. Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld - against one another over issues of due process, intelligence-gathering and international law.
In fact, many officials contend, some of the most serious problems with the military justice system are rooted in the secretive and contentious process from which it emerged.
Military lawyers were largely excluded from that process in the days after Sept. 11. They have since waged a long struggle to ensure terrorist prosecutions meet what they say are basic standards of fairness. Uniformed lawyers now assigned to defend Guantánamo detainees have become among the most forceful critics of the Pentagon's own system.
Foreign policy officials voiced concerns about the legal and diplomatic ramifications, but had little influence. Increasingly, the administration's plan has come under criticism even from close allies, complicating efforts to transfer scores of Guantánamo prisoners back to their home governments.
To the policy's architects, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon represented a stinging challenge to American power and an imperative to consider measures that might have been unimaginable in less threatening times. Yet some officials said the strategy was also shaped by longstanding political agendas that had relatively little to do with fighting terrorism."
Ads Turn to Reeve, Criticize Wal-Mart
Backers of Prop. 71, the stem cell measure, air the late actor's plea. Prop. 72 supporters target the retail giant over health insurance.
By Jordan Rau and Megan Garvey
Times Staff Writers
October 23, 2004
SACRAMENTO — Locked in close races, the campaigns of two high-profile healthcare propositions on the November ballot are turning to provocative symbols to try to attract votes: the late actor Christopher Reeve and giant retailer Wal-Mart.
A television advertisement featuring Reeve, who became a prominent activist for the disabled after a 1995 horseback-riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, began running statewide Friday. In the spot, Reeve asks voters to support a ballot measure — Proposition 71 — that would provide $3 billion in state bond money for embryonic stem cell research.
Shown from the chest up in his wheelchair, Reeve speaks directly to the camera, asking voters to "stand up for those who can't." He filmed the message Oct. 4, six days before his death.
Meanwhile, hoping to harness hostility to Wal-Mart, a new ad from supporters of Proposition 72 attacks the company's treatment of its workers. The measure would require businesses with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance.
Christopher Reeve's widow endorses Kerry
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sen. John Kerry today accused President Bush of slowing scientific advancement after earning a special endorsement from the widow of actor Christopher Reeve, a proponent of the embryonic stem cell research on which the president has placed limits.
"The American people deserve a president who understands that when America invests in science and technology, we can build a stronger economy and create jobs for the 21st century," Kerry said during a campaign rally. "But George Bush has literally ... turned his back on the spirit of exploration and discovery."
Fed Governor Bies Says U.S. Growth `Solid,' Oil Not Fanning Inflation
Dollar Falls Against the Euro as Investors Slow Purchases of U.S. Assets
U.S. Stocks Decline for Week, Leaving Dow Average at a Low for the Year
Dollar Has Biggest Weekly Drop in Eleven on Trade-Gap Concern
Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The dollar had its biggest weekly drop in 11 against the euro on concern investors are slowing their purchases of U.S. assets and as Federal Reserve officials said a widening trade deficit is a risk for the economy.
Fed Governor Bies Says U.S. Growth `Solid,' Oil Not Fanning Inflation
Dollar Falls Against the Euro as Investors Slow Purchases of U.S. Assets
U.S. Stocks Decline for Week, Leaving Dow Average at a Low for the Year
Bush Signs $145 Bln Corporate Tax Cut, Tobacco Buyout (Update1)
Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law a bill replacing an export tax subsidy that violated international trade rules with a $145 billion package of new corporate tax cuts and a buyout for tobacco farmers.
Bush signed the bill aboard Air Force One as he began a campaign swing through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said. Unlike the four other tax bills the president has signed into law during his first term, he held no public ceremony for this one, the biggest rewrite of the corporate tax code since 1986.
I guess it's "HARD WORK" showering your corporate friends with a 136 billion in tax breaks while the average man and woman can't afford health care !
Hey Bushy...when was screwing the middle class over such HARD WORK...you lying sack of manure!
Teen arrested for deserting military
WTOV-TV [Steubenville, OH]
Oct. 19, 2004
BELLAIRE, OH -- Bellaire Police arrested a 19-year-old Monday after U.S. Marine officials accused the teen of being a military deserter. Police found Noah Owens at a friend's house and took him into custody without incident.
"I told him plenty of times to go back, every day I told him," said Jon Fekete. Fekete is a long-time friend of Owens. "I think he was about to turn himself in soon, but he was nervous about everything -- getting in trouble."
Fekete says Owens took a five-day excused leave from his base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for personal reasons. He says Owens decided he'd rather say in Bellaire.
Police say Owens isn't the only one. Bellaire Police Chief Bob Wallace says they arrest a handful of deserters every year. "Because we are at war it takes an added significance when somebody leaves their unit, and often young men make poor decisions," Wallace said.
Friends say Owens just got back from Haiti and was set to head to Iraq in January.
"He wasn't afraid to go to war," Fekete said. "He got real homesick and he doesn't like the Marines at all, and he doesn't like what is going on in Iraq."
This election really does offer a choice:
Kerry and the Conservatives vs. Bush and the Fundamentalists
by Atomicktom, Unknown News
Oct. 22, 2004
A common criticism of the US two party system is that it actually functions to exclude differences of opinion. The Democrats and Republicans, the argument goes, are merely two sides of the same coin, and they collude to preserve the status quo in the face of widespread, if unnoticed, opposition. Normally, I am inclined to agree. Typically, both of the two major parties generate their coffers from the same selective sources, ensuring a common elitist agenda.
However, the 2004 race is neither normal or typical. Instead, we are given a stark choice between not just two candidates, but two political philosophies. Perhaps this is what makes the current race unique, since we are not normally given such an compelling decision. But it is also what makes this election so dramatically important, for in 2004 the race is between the Conservatives, represented by John Kerry, and the Fundamentalists that support George W. Bush.
Bush is no "born again Christian"
by Kathy Fisher, May 25, 2004
Fucking idiots! It's this simple.
When Bush knew he was an addicted to booze he knew he just couldn't take his arrogant ass to AA meetings like the rest of us. It would embarrass him and his family, and he could never run for Governor of Texas let alone President with a real record of alcoholism.
So he did the only way he could ... he lied and said that Jesus saved his boozing ass. And the stupid morons ate it up, all this Born Again Christian Bullcrap!
You try doing that, no-one would let you get away with it! Not for a minute. Only W the AWOL'ing lying sack of shit rat bastard son of a Bush gets a free Get Out Of Jail pass on this sort of shit ...
"Bush is NO Christian!
"The film, George W. Bush: Faith in the White House, opens with a montage of a billowing American flag, a softly lit portrait of Jesus in Gethsemane, and a shot of the tawny profile of our 43rd president with his eyes gazing heavenward. Myriad times throughout the film Bush is referred to reverently as a man of faith..."
..."This is a huge mistake, because when judged by his deeds, an entirely different picture emerges: Bush does not demonstrate a life of faith by his actions, and neither Methodists, evangelicals, nor fundamentalists can rightly call him brother. In fact, the available evidence raises serious questions about whether Bush is really a Christian at all. ..."
"Ironically for a man who once famously named Jesus as his favorite political philosopher during a campaign debate, it is remarkably difficult to pinpoint a single instance wherein Christian teaching has won out over partisan politics in the Bush White House. Though Bush easily weaves Christian language and themes into his political communication, empty religious jargon is no substitute for a bedrock faith. Even little children in Sunday school know that Jesus taught his disciples to live according to his commandments, not simply to talk about them a lot. In Bush’s case, faith without works is not just dead faith -- it’s evangelical agitprop
Richard Land directs the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination and a group that enjoys a close relationship with the Bush administration. In an interview for Frontline earlier this year, Land denounced the scriptural cherry-picking on the part of contemporary American Christians. “It's only been in the last half-century when you've had the rise of groups [in] modern Christendom who believe in what I call ‘Dalmatian theology,’” he explained. “The Bible's inspired in spots, and … [t]hey think they can reject large chunks of Christian Scripture and biblical revelation that they don't agree with … .”
George W. Bush Ain't No Cowboy
By Erik Baard, Village Voice 28/9/04
Sep 30, 2004, 12:42
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George W. Bush is a fake cowboy. From media accounts, you'd reckon that the president was a buckaroo to the bones. He plays up the image, big-time, with $300 designer cowboy boots, a $1,000 cowboy hat, and his 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. He guns his rhetoric with frontier lingo, saying that he'll "ride herd" over ornery Middle Eastern governments and "smoke out" enemies in wild mountain passes. He branded Saddam Hussein's Iraq "an outlaw regime" and took the vanquished dictator's pistol as a trophy. As for Osama bin Laden, Bush declared, "I want justice. And there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.' " Britain's liberal newspaper The Guardian noted that "such language feeds the image overseas of Mr. Bush as a hopelessly inarticulate, trigger-happy cowboy."
But liberals from both coasts and Europeans who derisively call Bush a "cowboy" foolishly insult not Bush, but one of America's prime ennobling myths. Instead of ridiculing the myth exploited by George W. Bush, they may want to measure him against it.
"The idea of the American cowboy is the direct lineal descendant of the chivalric knight," observes Bonnie Wheeler, a medievalist in cowboy country. "The only serious difference is that your status doesn't depend on your social class." Editor of Arthuriana, the journal of Arthurian studies, Wheeler teaches at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
"Our president," she says, "is neither a knight nor a cowboy. He doesn't believe in taking care of the little guy, nor does he have the restraint or dignity of the cowboy."
Q But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.
The Tragedy of Colin Powell
How the Bush presidency destroyed him.
By Fred Kaplan
Posted Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at 9:56 AM PT
"GEORGE W. Bush acts like he is the President of the World, yet he was elected only by the American people-and not even by them but merely by a slim 5-4 majority of the US Supreme Court justices. His gaffes can give our former president Joseph Estrada a run for his money, especially the latest and strangest, when at a campaign rally he said that, because of medical malpractice litigation, "Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."
I am boycotting all sponsors of Sinclair stations.
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Kerry widens lead over Bush in N.J., two polls say
By Tom Turcol
Inquirer Staff Writer
Sen. John Kerry appears to have stabilized his campaign in New Jersey, a state he was expected to win going away but that abruptly turned into a question mark after the Republican convention.
Two polls issued this week show the Democratic challenger widening his lead over President Bush, whose hopes of a New Jersey upset prompted his surprise visit to the state on Monday.
Kerry is leading Bush, 46 percent to 40 percent, among likely New Jersey voters, according to Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll, released yesterday. The same poll showed them virtually tied last week.
"Will Bush Reinstate the Military Draft? Those who are worrying about a revived draft are in the same position as those who worried about a return to budget deficits four years ago, when President Bush began pushing through his program of tax cuts.
Op-Ed Columnist: Feeling the Draft
October 19, 2004 By PAUL KRUGMAN
Back then he insisted that he wouldn't drive the budget into deficit - but those who looked at the facts strongly suspected otherwise. Now he insists that he won't revive the draft. But the facts suggest that he will.
There were two reasons some of us never believed Mr. Bush's budget promises. First, his claims that his tax cuts were affordable rested on patently unrealistic budget projections. Second, his broader policy goals, including the partial privatization of Social Security - which is clearly on his agenda for a second term - would involve large costs that were not included even in those unrealistic projections. This led to the justified suspicion that his election-year promises notwithstanding, Mr. Bush would preside over a return to budget deficits.
It's exactly the same when it comes to the draft. Mr. Bush's claim that we don't need any expansion in our military is patently unrealistic; it ignores the severe stress our Army is already under. And the experience in Iraq shows that pursuing his broader foreign policy doctrine - the "Bush doctrine" of pre-emptive war - would require much larger military forces than we now have.
This leads to the justified suspicion that after the election, Mr. Bush will seek a large expansion in our military, quite possibly through a return of the draft.
Mr. Bush's assurances that this won't happen are based on a denial of reality. Last week, the Republican National Committee sent an angry, threatening letter to Rock the Vote, an organization that has been using the draft issue to mobilize young voters. "This urban myth regarding a draft has been thoroughly debunked," the letter declared, and quoted Mr. Bush: "We don't need the draft. Look, the all-volunteer Army is working."
In fact, the all-volunteer Army is under severe stress. A study commissioned by Donald Rumsfeld arrived at the same conclusion as every independent study: the U.S. has "inadequate total numbers" of troops to sustain operations at the current pace. In Iraq, the lack of sufficient soldiers to protect supply convoys, let alone pacify the country, is the root cause of incidents like the case of the reservists who refused to go on what they described as a "suicide mission."
Commanders in Iraq have asked for more troops (ignore the administration's denials) - but there are no more troops to send. The manpower shortage is so severe that training units like the famous Black Horse Regiment, which specializes in teaching other units the ways of battle, are being sent into combat. As the military expert Phillip Carter says, "This is like eating your seed corn."
Mechanism remains in place for military draft
By KEN McLEMORE, Hope Star Writer
Irrespective of the politics of the situation, the Selective Service System is alive and well in Washington, D.C., and both Hempstead and Nevada counties have sizable draft-age pools of men and women.
Fear of Military Draft a Growing Factor
Analysis - By Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (IPS) - With the presidential election coming down to the wire, the possibility of a revived military draft is looming as a potentially decisive factor in the outcome.
While President George W Bush and his fellow Republicans vehemently reject any suggestion that a draft, which was eliminated by former President Richard Nixon during the last years of the Vietnam War in the 1970s, is on the way, indications that it may have to be renewed are growing and, with Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry's help, forcing their way into the campaign.
The issue is clearly having an impact on younger voters between 18 and 29, who would naturally be the most vulnerable to any new draft. That demographic group, which was already the most pro-Kerry in the general voting population before the latest rumours and reports, is also considered the most unpredictable
Uncle Slim Cheney wants YOU for the NEW MILITARY DRAFT
Uncle Slim Cheney wants YOU for the NEW MILITARY DRAFT
ETA Posted: Mar 28 2004, 05:40 AM
"QUESTION: Phil, presumably, you were at Deputy Secretary's Armitage's morning staff meeting this morning?
MR. REEKER: I was.
QUESTION: You were? Did he have any reaction to being compared to Uncle Fester in today's Washington Post?
MR. REEKER: In fact, Matt, I showed those pictures that were in The Washington Post that had Deputy Secretary Armitage next to Uncle Fester, and the Deputy Secretary indicated to me that he couldn't tell them apart, either. So we're quite proud of that. And I would like to add, though, that when it comes to the smack down that my money is on Uncle Armitage, and that's where we'll be placing our bets. So we're quite pleased to see that The Washington Post is so focused on the important doings here at the State Department.
(No response.) "
Administration reveals how much they care about the American public
Mr. Blockhead, how much do you really care about "safety of the Homeland" ?
Mr. Blockhead, how much do you really care about "safety of the Homeland" ?
(Mr. Blockhead is Tom Ridge)
"Republicans offer reward in campaign sign thefts
Associated Press, by Staff
Posted By:FLgator, 10/22/2004 9:58:11 AM
WINONA, Minn. -- Republicans in Winona County hope a little money will lead to the arrest of the pranksters and thieves who keep running off with their campaign signs. According to ads on local radio stations, the party is offering up to $500 for information that leads to the ``arrest and successful prosecution'' of whoever is responsible for stealing Bush/Cheney campaign signs. "
LOL>...now, we KNOW this must be the work of Terrorists...better get Mr. Blockhead/ aka Tom Ridge on the job...or maybe Uncle Fester..aka Richard Armitage
"Local Bush/Cheney headquarters robbed
Cincinnati Enquirer, by Staff
Posted By:Desert Fox, 10/22/2004 7:47:44 PM
DOWNTOWN - Cincinnati's headquarters for the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign was broken into overnight. Money and a sign were taken from the office, on Seventh Street near Court Street. The thieves got in by breaking out a window. The office was also ransacked, officials said. It also houses other Republican organizations. No one had been arrested. "
MUST HAVE BEEN THE TERRORISTS....PROBABLY AL QAEDA...TIME FOR KING GEORGE THE CRAZY TO SEND THE FBI/HOMELAND TASKFORCE/ AND PULL NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS FROM IRAQ TO PROTECT THE BUSH / CHENEY HEADQUARTERS IN CINCINNATI...HELL GEORGIE PORGIE...MAYBE IT WAS OLD OSAMA BIN LADEN HIMSELF...BETTER GET MR. BLOCKHEAD ON THE JOB....
schadenfreude is a German word meaning the taking of pleasure in the misfortunte of others.
Frank Rich: America's orgy of schadenfreude
" Frank Rich: America's orgy of schadenfreude
By Frank Rich The New York Times Saturday, October 23, 2004
NEW YORK "And guys, if you exploit a girl, it will come back to get you. That's called 'karma."'
- Bill O'Reilly, "The O'Reilly Factor for Kids"
In the annals of election year 2004, Oct. 13 will be remembered as the day it rained lesbians in red America. That was when we learned that Andrea Mackris, an associate producer on "The O'Reilly Factor," had filed her sexual harassment lawsuit, charging that her boss had an obsessive interest in vibrators, phone sex and, most persistently, erotic scenarios involving pairs of women. That night brought the final presidential debate, in which John Kerry's description of Mary Cheney as a lesbian so riled the Bush-Cheney campaign, not to mention the easily aghast Washington press corps, you'd have thought the vice president's daughter was accused of enlisting in a threesome with O'Reilly.
What has followed since is an orgy of schadenfreude and hypocrisy almost entertaining enough to take your mind off Iraq (as the Bush-Cheney campaign hopes it will). It's the kind of three-ring circus that makes me love America.
Everyone is now busy matching O'Reilly's alleged after-hours oratory - none of which he or his lawyer immediately denied - with his past condemnations of Janet Jackson, wet T-shirt contests and the televised Madonna-Britney smooch.
The bad news for Fox is not only that its most bankable cable star could end up in the third-tier broadcasting oblivion of William Bennett, but also that Fox News, handed the kind of story it lives for, could not (more precisely, would not) turn it into a mediathon. So the network made do instead with the parallel soap opera of Mary Cheney. The Focus on the Family politico James Dobson quickly set the tone on "Hannity & Colmes" by accusing Kerry of "outing" the vice president's daughter - a charge duly echoed by others on the right, led, inevitably, by The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.
To try to prop up its fictional headline "Outing Mary Cheney," The Journal argued that "Mr. and Mrs. Cheney have not kept their daughter's lesbianism a secret but neither have they shouted it to the sky." Huh? Though Dick Cheney doesn't shout anything, he described his daughter as gay on camera at an Iowa campaign appearance this summer. But whatever the Cheneys may have to say about it, The Journal never entertained the thought that Mary Cheney herself has a voice in this matter. She has been openly gay for years.
Before the 2000 campaign, she held a job that announced her homosexuality: gay and lesbian liaison for Coors, a public marketing assignment.
She later joined the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay-rights advocacy group formed as an alternative to the similarly inclined Log Cabin Republicans. From all the outcry over Kerry's invocation of Mary Cheney, with the attendant rhetoric about the evil of exploiting a candidate's "child" in a campaign, you might never guess that the child in question is a 35-year-old woman. Or that she lives openly with her partner, Heather Poe, whom she brought onstage after the vice presidential debate. Or that she is the paid director of vice presidential operations for the Bush campaign.
So you have to wonder what motivated the Bush-Cheney brigade to go ballistic over Kerry's "outing" of Mary Cheney after it had ignored not just John Edwards's previous "outing" but also the earlier "outings" by Bush campaign allies like the Concerned Women for America and the Republican senatorial candidate Alan Keyes.
Unlike the Democrats, who spoke respectfully of gay sexual orientation, these right-wing activists trashed the vice president's daughter for sowing anti-family values. But as Andrew Sullivan has pointed out, even when Keyes attacked Mary Cheney in August for practicing "selfish hedonism," the same Lynne Cheney, who, "speaking as a mom," called Kerry "not a good man," spoke not at all.
To understand what strange game is playing out here, you must go back to the 2000 election. In the campaign postmortems, Karl Rove famously attributed his candidate's shortfall in the popular vote to four million "fundamentalists and evangelicals" in the Republican base who didn't turn up on Election Day: no-shows alienated by the pre-election revelation of Bush's arrest for drunk driving years earlier.
The current Bush-Cheney campaign clearly believes that for these voters, Mary Cheney's sexuality could be a last-minute turnoff equivalent to Bush's drunk driving arrest. When Rich Lowry of National Review said on Fox that "millions and millions of people" were not aware that Mary Cheney was gay until Kerry brought it up, it was clear just which four million he was talking about. Kerry, his critics speculate, was deliberately seeking to depress voter turnout among Rove's religious conservatives.
To buy this theory you have to believe that by this late date a large group of potential voters obsessed with homosexuality didn't yet know that Mary Cheney is gay. I find that preposterous, but only Kerry knows if he thought so and if his intentions were so smarmily Machiavellian.
Even if they were, there's no ambiguity about what the Bush campaign is up to. Rove can out-Machiavelli Kerry anytime. Though the president pays "compassionate conservative" lip service to "tolerance" of homosexuality to appease suburban swing voters, his campaign has pushed a gratuitous constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to stir up as much fear and ugly rage as it can.
When Lynne Cheney hyperbolically implies that even using the word "lesbian" in 2004 is a slur out of the McCarthy era - "a cheap and tawdry political trick," she said - she is playing a similar game. She is positioning "lesbian" as a term comparable to "child molester."
Lynne Cheney and her surrogates are in effect doing exactly what Elizabeth Edwards had the guts to say they were doing: They are sending the message to Rove's four million that they are ashamed of Mary Cheney. They are exploiting her for the sake of political expediency even as they level that charge at Democrats.
The deployment of homosexuality as a nasty campaign weapon has long been second nature to Rove. In the must-read article "Karl Rove in a Corner" in the November issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Joshua Green exhaustively researches the tightest campaigns of Rove's career and exhumes the pattern.
As Green reminds us, George W. Bush's 1994 gubernatorial race against Ann Richards "featured a rumor" that Richards was a lesbian. Gay whispers have also swirled around Rove adversaries like a rival Republican campaign consultant in the 1980s.
None of these rumors were, in fact, true, but Mary Cheney is unambiguously and unapologetically gay. For a campaign that wants to pander to the fringe, that makes her presence in the Bush-Cheney family a problem - just how big a problem can be seen by its disingenuously hysterical reaction to Kerry's use of the L word.
But Mary Cheney isn't the only problem for Rove as he plays this game. The Republican establishment is rife with gay people - just ask anyone in proximity to its convention in New York - and the campaign doesn't want the four million to know about them, either.
Sooner or later this untenable level of hypocrisy is going to lead to a civil war within the Republican Party.
WHY I DEVOTE TIME TO THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE
I was living in Texas during the time Bush was governor, and I was very frightened of what might happen to our country if he became President. My vote was more an anti-Bush vote, and a PRO AMERICA vote than anything else.
Bush managed to screw this country up far beyond my worst fears, and did that in the space of only one term. He has us more in debt than any time in our history, he has been the first president in 72 years to lose jobs, he has gotten us mired in a war that is costing hundreds of BILLIONS, and just sign a 136 billion tax cut for big corporations. His spokesperson has said outsourcing of American jobs is good....he has supported the RIAA in their attack on citizens and in the Verizon case.
I honestly and truly believe that if he is re-elected, we stand a chance of losing more rights, losing more lives in useless wars, and losing more jobs, and getting even farther in debt.
I will vote again this time...for Kerry, but this time, it is half for Kerry and half against Bush.
To save this country, we MUST vote KERRY/EDWARDS 2004 !
"Debates prove Bush can't fix problems
October 23, 2004
Charles Elliott's Oct. 9 letter summarized the first Bush-Kerry debate well: Kerry laid out his sensible plans for the mess in Iraq, and Bush stubbornly refused to tell the truth about the situation in Iraq. It's apparent that Bush does not want to be confused by the facts.
During the second debate, which was another clear win for Kerry, Bush had another chance to make his case to the American people. Again he failed because:
1. He showed that he is out of touch with reality in Iraq.
2. He offered no plans for jobs and cutting the cost of health care.
3. He pretended that our domestic problems do not exist.
4. It was obvious that he refused to level with the American people.
5. Bottom line: Bush just doesn't get it -- so he can't fix it.
In addition, what gripes me is Bush's buddy-buddy relationship with Halliburton. Normally, a government contract goes to the lowest bidder, but this process was circumvented. This was brought up in the debates and ignored by both Bush and Cheney.
As a combat veteran of World War II, I will vote for a true leader: John Kerry.
-- Alfeo E. Minato, SaleM"
BUSHY GIVES AWAY THE FARM TO BIG CORPORATIONS
"Bush signs $136 billion in new tax breaks for businesses
CONGRESSIONAL PANEL SAYS IT WON'T INCREASE DEFICIT; KERRY CAMPAIGN CALLS CLAIM BOGUS
By Pete Yost
WASHINGTON - President Bush showered $136 billion in new tax breaks on businesses, farmers and other groups Friday, quietly signing the most sweeping rewrite of corporate tax law in nearly two decades.
Announcing the action without fanfare aboard Air Force One, the White House said the new law is good for America's workers because it will help create jobs.
The legislation includes about $10 billion in assistance for tobacco farmers. A Senate provision that would have coupled the assistance with regulation of tobacco by the Food and Drug Administration was dropped by a conference committee.
Though the legislation provides new tax breaks, Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation says it has no impact on the deficit because it also closes corporate tax loopholes and repeals export subsidies.
Opponents disagree, saying it will swell the nation's huge budget deficit with a massive giveaway that will reward multinational companies that move jobs overseas and add to the complexity of the tax system.
The centerpiece of the tax legislation is $76.5 billion in new tax relief for the battered manufacturing sector. Manufacturing in the law is broadly defined to include not just factories but also oil and gas producers, engineering, construction and architectural firms and large farming operations.
John Kerry's presidential campaign says the assertion that the new law is revenue-neutral is bogus because many of the tax breaks are for only one or two years and probably will be extended by Congress, while revenue-saving offsets are for 10 years.
The law will ``shut down corporate tax abuses -- without increasing the federal deficit,'' insisted House Ways and Means Committee chairman Bill Thomas, R-Bakersfield.
There was no signing ceremony.
``This legislation will end the European sanctions on American exports, and it will help promote the competitiveness of American manufacturers and other job creators, and help create jobs here in America,'' White House press secretary Scott McClellan said on the campaign trail in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Kerry spokesman Phil Singer said that ``in his first budget, John Kerry will call for the repeal of all the unwarranted international tax breaks that George Bush included in this bill.''
The measure is the most sweeping overhaul of corporate tax law since 1986."
PRESS RELEASE: KnowledgeStorm Poll: Kerry Wins U.S. Businesswoman Vote By 5% - Bush Wins U.S. Businessman Vote By 15%
"KnowledgeStorm Poll: Kerry Wins U.S. Businesswoman Vote By 5% - Bush Wins U.S. Businessman Vote By 15%
KnowledgeStorm today released figures from its 2004 Presidential Election Poll of Corporate America. 5000 U.S. registered voters - all business professionals across myriad industries - responded to questions regarding the 2004 Presidential Election: whether they’d vote for George W. Bush or John Kerry, which issues were most/least important, and how much confidence they had that their vote would go to the winner. Additionally, the poll added a global track to show the international business world’s vote, if given the opportunity. 2004 Presidential Election Poll of Corporate America Shows 8.8% Overall Lead for Bush - Same Poll Shows If International Business Could Vote, Kerry Wins by 58% Landslide
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 22, 2004 -- KnowledgeStorm (www.knowledgestorm.com), the top-ranked vertical search site, today released figures from its 2004 Presidential Election Poll of Corporate America. This week, 5000 U.S. registered voters - all business professionals across myriad industries - responded to questions regarding the 2004 Presidential Election: whether they’d vote for George W. Bush or John Kerry, which issues were most/least important, and how much confidence they had that their vote would go to the winner. Additionally, the poll added a global track to show the international business world’s vote, if given the opportunity."
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TRENTON, N.J. -- John Kerry has opened a slim lead over President Bush among likely New Jersey voters who have made up their minds, and his margin widens slightly when people only leaning toward one candidate are taken into account, according to a poll released Friday.
Forty-six percent of likely voters surveyed by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll said they supported Kerry while 40 percent said they backed Bush. A Fairleigh Dickinson poll released last week had the two men virtually tied among likely voters, with Kerry leading 44-42 percent. "
"Bush, With Approval Ratings Below 50%, Remains Tied With Kerry
Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush, whose job approval ratings are below 50 percent in most polls this week, remains tied with four-term Massachusetts Senator John Kerry with 11 days to go before the U.S. election.
Bush's approval rating averaged 48.3 percent in eight national polls released this week, with a New York Times/CBS News poll published Oct. 19 showing 59 percent of respondents said the country is on the ``wrong track.'' Bush and Kerry are statistically tied in eight polls, and four show Bush leading outside the margin of error.
``It is extremely difficult for a president to win re-election if people think he isn't doing a good job; that's why the job approval ratings are so important,'' said Evans Witt, president of Princeton Survey Research, whose clients include Newsweek and MSNBC. ``The wrong track number is also important because it raises the question: Is the incumbent or the challenger better qualified to get the nation headed back in the right direction?''
Among the prevalent myths about antibiotics are the following three:
Myth #1. Antibiotics are responsible for the decline in infectious disease. Sorry, but it just isn't so. In Beyond Antibiotics, the authors use graphs to trace the incidence of the major infectious diseases from 1900 to 1973. The diseases include measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, pneumonia, influenza, whooping cough, diphtheria and polio. All were in decline for several decades before the introduction of antibiotics or vaccines. After reviewing the data, researchers John McKinlay and Sonja McKinlay at Boston University concluded that ".. at most, 3.5% of the total decline in mortality since 1900 could be ascribed to medical measures introduced for the diseases considered here". Improved nutrition and improved sanitation and hygiene were far more important than the 'wonder drugs' or vaccines to reduce these diseases.
Myth 2. Antibiotics are useful against colds and flu. It should be common knowledge that antibiotics are only helpful for bacterial infections. However, many physicians continue to prescribe them for viral conditions such as colds and flu. The rationale is to prevent secondary bacterial infection. This would be fine, except for myth #3 below, the dangers of antibiotics.
Given the dangers of antibiotics, it is prudent in most cases not to take antibiotics for colds and flus. They can worsen the situation and prolong recovery.
Myth #3. Antibiotics are harmless. This is the most insidious myth. It leads to overprescribing, and blinds physicians and the public to the dangers of antibiotics, described in the next section. Meanwhile, safer methods of avoiding and treating infections are ignored on the premise that the antibiotics will take care of everything.
The Physicians Desk Reference lists the adverse effects of antibiotics. Anyone who is taking an antibiotic (or any other medication) should read about the adverse effects. This can help prevent nasty surprises. The interaction between antibiotics and other medications should also be noted. In addition to the side effects and cautions described in books, antibiotics present other problems that are described below.
PROBLEMS WITH ANTIBIOTICS
The list of problems with antibiotics is quite long. Some are common and well known. Others are subtle but no less important. I have divided the adverse effects into nine categories:
1) Allergic Reactions. I used to worry every time I prescribed penicillin as an medical intern. It had been explained that every once in a while a patient would have a fatal allergic reaction to it, and that if I practiced medicine long enough someone would die in my office after a shot of penicillin. While this is uncommon, other allergic reactions to antibiotics occur frequently. Not only can the drug cause a reaction, but most antibiotics contain chemical colors, sugar and other additives that can trigger a reaction in sensitive individuals.
2. Destruction of normal bowel flora. Like pesticides, antibiotics kill good bugs along with the bad ones. Wide-spectrum antibiotics are notorious for this. The human intestine has a somewhat delicate ecology in which certain bugs help digest food, produce certain vitamins, and maintain a balance of organisms that prevents harmful bacteria and yeasts from multiplying.
Wide-spectrum antibiotics derange the normal ecology of the intestine. This can cause parasitic infection, vitamin deficiencies, loss of minerals through diarrhea, inflammation of the gut, malabsorption syndromes and development of food allergies due to defects in intestinal function.
3. Development of resistant bugs. An article in Science Magazine, August 1992, stated, "Doctors in hospitals and clinics around the world are losing the battle against an onslaught of new drug-resistant bacterial infections including staph, pneumonia, strep, tuberculosis, dysentery and other diseases that are costly and difficult, if not impossible, to treat".
Bacteria have a certain ability to mutate. Antibiotics kill bacteria that are susceptible to their action, but this leaves the field open for mutant strains to multiply even more. It is a case of survival of the fittest. The use of antibiotics actually encourages the development of the mutant, drug-resistant super-bacteria.
4. Immune Suppression. This may sound odd, as the purpose of antibiotics is presumably to help the immune system. However, evidence indicates that people treated with antibiotics have more repeat infections than those who are not treated. This is especially true of children whose ear infections are treated with antibiotics. Vitamin A and herbs are much more effective.
In fact, antibiotics do not aid the immune system. They replace one of its functions. Antibiotics act by inhibiting certain enzymatic processes of bacteria, and by changing mineral balances. Normal cells, however, are also affected. This may be one reason why antibiotics weaken the immune system. Other toxic effects of antibiotics, such as the effect upon the normal bowel flora, may also contribute to a weaker immune system.
The latest research on AIDS indicates that a risk factor for AIDS is an impaired immune system, which can be due to a history of repeated antibiotic use. Oops!
5. Overgrowth of Candida Albicans. Normally, candida albicans, a common yeast, lives peacefully in our intestines and elsewhere, in harmony with other flora that keep the yeast in check. Take an antibiotic and all this changes. By suppressing the normal flora, candida takes over and problems begin. In its mild form the result is diarrhea or a yeast infection.
Far more serious is the growing problem of chronic muco-cutaneous yeast infection. This is described in books such as The Yeast Connection and The Yeast Syndrome. It is a major iatrogenic illness today, and a very debilitating and potentially fatal condition. One of the prime risk factors for chronic candida infection is repeated antibiotic use.
6. Chronic fatigue syndrome. This is another 'new' health plague. It is associated with chronic viral illness and a weakened immune system. While its exact origins are not clear, one of the major risk factors for chronic fatigue syndrome is - you guessed it - repeated antibiotic use.
7. Nutrient Loss. Nutrient loss from antibiotics is due in part to diarrhea, which causes a loss of essential minerals. Destruction of friendly bacteria in the intestines can also impair the synthesis of certain vitamins in the intestines. While not a major cause of malnutrition, antibiotic usage may be another factor contributing to poor nutrition and thus a weakened body chemistry.
8. Treating an effect, not a cause. Antibiotics only address the end-stage result of a weakened body chemistry - bacterial invasion. The bacteria may only be there to "mop up" the biological debris that are present because the body is too weak to eliminate the poisons. Fever is one way the body burns up toxic substances. Providing it does not get out of hand, the infectious process can serve a useful purpose. Cutting short the process with antibiotics aborts the cleansing function of a fever and impairs long-term health.
Horse manure, you might say. No it is not. I know this because on tissue mineral tests, there are clear indicators of increased susceptibility to infections. The indicators are: 1) a low energy level, 2) a low sodium/potassium ratio, 3) toxic levels of mercury, copper, or cadmium, and 4) low zinc. In hundreds of cases, when these imbalances are corrected, the tendency for infections decreases drastically. In other words, healthy people do not get as many infections. Infections do not strike randomly. There is a logic to infections, and the underlying causes can be addressed.
This line of reasoning traces back to the famous debate between Pasteur and Beauchamp. Dr. Pasteur insisted that germs are the cause of disease. His colleague, Beauchamp, insisted that the health of the host was more important than the germs. On his death bed, Pasteur was said to have declared that Beauchamp was correct - "the host is everything, the germs are nothing". Orthodox medicine, however, embraced Pasteur's view, and ignored Beauchamp. It is time to focus more on the person, and less on the germs.
9. High cost. Millions of doctor visits and prescriptions for antibiotics add up to a major expense. While penicillin is not expensive, other newer antibiotics are quite costly. These newer antibiotics are used more frequently today due to the presence of penicillin-resistant strains of bacteria. We must also include in the cost of antibiotics the cost of allergic reactions, candida albicans infections, repeat infections, development of resistant organisms and immune suppression.
The cost is justified if life is at stake. However, if less toxic and less costly alternatives can be used, shouldn't these be tried first? Bringing health care costs under control is not just a matter of eliminating waste and inefficiency. We need methods of healing that build up the health of the people, not tear it down.
REDUCING THE NEED FOR ANTIBIOTICS
Steps to avoid the need for antibiotics can be divided into two areas: prevention of infection, and alternative treatment of infections.
Preventing infections is a part of taking back control over your life and health. You can do a lot to prevent infections. Much of it involves common sense. Cleanliness matters. Wash your hands several times daily, wash wounds, dress properly in cold weather, and obtain adequate rest and sleep. Proper hygiene and sanitation are measures we often take for granted.
Reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, both in food and in the environment. Drink pure water, and as much as possible breathe clean air. Definitely don't drink swamp water. Throw away your toxic cleaning agents and solvents, and look for less toxic alternatives. Avoid silver amalgam dental fillings, and consider having your dental amalgams changed to other materials. Mercury used in amalgams is known to inhibit the immune system.
A healthful diet is critical. Adequate intake of nutrients including vitamins A, C, E, selenium, and zinc are important for the immune system. Fresh, natural, unsprayed foods contain much higher amounts of nutrients than the processed and artificial 'junk' foods so commonly eaten today. Do your best to find meats that are antibiotic-free and hormone-free. Healthful eating habits are as important as what you eat. Eat slowly in a relaxed manner, and chew thoroughly.
Adequate thyroid activity is important for the immune system. The Barnes temperature test is a much better indicator of thyroid activity than the standard blood tests for thyroid hormones. Upon awakening, if your body temperature reads low several mornings in a row, it is likely that your thyroid is underactive. This can be corrected through supplementation. If a trace mineral analysis reveals toxic metals, low zinc, a low sodium/potassium ratio or low energy, this indicates increased susceptibility to infection and can be corrected. Daily supplementation of your diet with vitamins A and C, zinc and selenium can be helpful.
Your thoughts and attitudes affect your immune system. Fears and worries tend to weaken the immune system, while positive, inspiring thoughts have a beneficial effect. Deep breathing, which helps oxygenate the blood, has a very beneficial effect upon the immune system. Saunas, steam baths, yoga, and other natural health practices also help prevent infections.
Alternatives for Treating Infections:
In case of an infection, don't ignore it! Even a simple cold, ear ache, or infected cut can turn into a serious problem. There is no reason to wait even a day to apply natural methods. Simple measures can be surprisingly effective.
If you are ill, reduce your food intake. When fever is present, fasting on water or liquids only is very helpful. To reduce fever, sponge the person with water or a mixture of water and alcohol. Don't use aspirin or Tylenol to reduce a fever. Sponging allows the fever reaction to proceed in a healthful manner. Tylenol or aspirin slows the fever reaction and can prolong the illness. It also introduces another toxic drug. Bed rest is very important! Children who are sick should not be sent to school. These simple measures are often forgotten in the belief that the 'wonder drugs' will take care of everything, and that rest is not important. This is a common cause of complications or slow recovery.
Many excellent natural remedies are available. For adults, Vitamin C in dosages of 3 to 6 grams per day is very safe. Vitamin A is often even better. 150,000 iu per day or more can be taken safely for a week. Beta carotene may be less effective than vitamin A. Bee propolis is another excellent remedy for infections of all kinds.
For children, dosages should be reduced according to their weight. Herbs such as garlic, echinacea, golden seal, lomatium, and astralagus are helpful. Citrus seed extract has antimicrobial properties and can be helpful. Essential plant oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, and thyme have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Herbs and vitamins should be started at the first sign of infection. Good-quality colloidal silver, an old remedy, is also excellent for many infections. I believe it is slightly toxic, however, so I recommend it only when other natural remedies do not work. Adequate dosages are important.
Saunas are fabulous for infections of all types. Heat or fever therapy is a natural mechanism to fight infections. For best results, use a sauna for15 minutes at a time, about 8 times a day during an infection.
Other natural therapies such as therapeutic massage, jin shin jyutsu, acupressure, foot reflexology, enemas, and colonic irrigation may also be very helpful. Deep breathing is excellent. Clay packs, mustard poultices and other simple remedies have also been used successfully for infections. These are described in natural healing books such as Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss. Drugless methods often work excellently. Many have been known for years, but were suppressed in America beginning around 1920. One caution regarding the techniques in the older natural healing books is that today some individuals are much sicker than patients at the turn of the century. As a result, certain methods may not be as effective. If one method is not working, try another.
Natural methods often work quickly, but may take longer to work than antibiotics. Patience and persistence is essential. Each person and each situation is different. Sinus infections, for example, I have found respond more slowly to natural methods than infections elsewhere. It is essential to aggressively use the natural remedies. I meet many people who do not want to take antibiotics, but who fail to apply the natural remedies or do so haphazardly. Then they wonder why their infections linger on and on. Many of us have weakened immune systems due to environmental stresses and toxins, even if we do our best to take care of ourselves. Therefore the use of appropriate remedies is very important. Consult a knowledgeable person if you are not sure what to do.
Antibiotics are an important class of medications that save many lives. However, antibiotics are often overprescribed and recommended when simple natural remedies would do. Antibiotics also have many side effects. A more balanced approach is to begin living so as to enhance and keep your immune system strong. If an infection occurs, apply harmless and simple natural measures immediately. Ask for help if you are not sure how to do this. Most often, the natural methods work very well. Reserve the antibiotics for when they are appropriate, which is usually only as a last resort."
There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza. The producers of these vaccines know that they are worthless, but they go on selling them, anyway.
-Dr. J. Anthony Morris
Former Chief Vaccine Control Officer FDA.
"Our children face the possibility of death or serious long‑term adverse effects from mandated vaccines that aren't necessary or that have very limited benefits." ‑‑ Jane M. Orient, M.D., Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) Executive Director.
"My suspicion, which is shared by others in my profession, is that the nearly 10,000 SIDS deaths that occur in the United States each year are related to one or more of the vaccines that are routinely given children. The pertussis vaccine is the most likely villain, but it could also be one or more of the others." ‑‑ Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.
"When I was training, one in 2,500 [children were autistic]. Now it is one in 250. At the moment, the only logical explanation for this is MMR." ‑‑ Dr. Kenneth Aitken, British specialist in the treatment of autism. (The Telegraph, United Kingdom, April 2, 2002).
"By the (U.S.) government's own admission, there has been a 41% failure rate in persons who were previously vaccinated against the (measles) virus." ‑‑ Dr. Anthony Morris, John Chriss, BG Young, "Occurrence of Measles in Previously Vaccinated Individuals," 1979; presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology at Fort Detrick, Maryland, April 27, 1979.
"In 1993 a high court judge in the UK decided that it was impossible to know the exact contents of vaccines and that science had no idea what the cocktail of chemicals, contaminants and heavy metals contained in vaccines could do to the human body, or why they would work to prevent disease." ‑‑ British Medical Journal, 1993.
"There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza. The producers of these vaccines know that they are worthless, but they go on selling them, anyway." ‑‑ Dr. J. Anthony Morris(formerly Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the US Federal Drug Admin.)
"There is insufficient evidence to support routine vaccination of healthy persons of any age." ‑‑ Paul Frame, M.D., Journal of Family Practice
"Our results suggest that infants whose mothers are born since measles vaccine licensure in 1963 are significantly more susceptible to measles than are infants of older mothers and that the risk of measles increases incrementally with each year increase in the maternal year of birth." ‑‑ "Increased Susceptibility to Measles in Infants in the United States," Pediatrics, Nov. 5, 1999.
"The strong association between vaccination with RRV‑TV and intussusception among otherwise healthy infants supports the existence of a causal relation." ‑‑ Intussusception among infants given an oral rotavirus vaccine., Murphy TV, et al. Epidemiology and Surveillance Division, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, N Engl J Med. 2001 Feb 22;344(8):564‑72.
"Delay of DPT immunisation until 2 years of age in Japan has resulted in a dramatic decline in adverse side effects. In the period of 1970‑1974, when DPT vaccination was begun at 3 to 5 months of age, the Japanese national compensation system paid out claims for 57 permanent severe damage vaccine cases, and 37 deaths. During the ensuing six year period 1975‑1980, when DPT injections were delayed to 24 months of age, severe reactions from the vaccine were reduced to a total of eight with three deaths. This represents an 85 to 90 percent reduction in severe cases of damage and death." ‑‑ Raymond Obomsawin, M.D.
"Autism may be a disorder linked to the disruption of the G‑alpha protein, affecting retinoid receptors in the brain. A study of sixty autistic children suggests that autism may be caused by inserting a G‑alpha protein defect, the pertussis toxin found in the D.P.T. vaccine, into genetically at‑risk children." ‑‑ Mary N. Megson, M.D.
"My data proves that the studies used to support immunisation are so flawed that it is impossible to say if immunisation provides a net benefit to anyone or to society in general. This question can only be determined by proper studies which have never been performed. The flaw of previous studies is that there was no long term follow up and chronic toxicity was not looked at. The American Society of Microbiology has promoted my research...and thus acknowledges the need for proper studies." ‑‑ John B. Classen, M.D., MBA
"These data show that DPT vaccination may be a generally unrecognised major cause of sudden infant and early childhood death, and that the risks of immunisation may outweigh its potential benefits. A need for re‑evaluation and possible modification of current vaccination procedures is indicated by this study." ‑‑ William C. Torch, M.D., Director of Child Neurology, Department of Paediatrics, University of Nevada School of Medicine
"The (Illinois) department followed the recommendation of a panel of experts, its Immunization Advisory Committee, while rejecting the advice of others who thought the decision should be left to parents and pediatricians. But in what critics consider a conflict of interest, 5 of the committee's 18 members have financial ties to Merck, which makes the chickenpox vaccine. Two members of the committee have given talks for Merck, receiving up to $750 per speech. A third member directs a nonprofit group that has received $20,000 in grant money from the company. And two other members own stock in Merck, including one who has owned as much as $16,000 worth." ‑‑ Sun Times, January 27, 2002
"Vaccination is not necessary, not useful, does not protect. There are twice as many casualties from vaccination as from AIDS." ‑‑ Dr. Gerhard Buchwald, Germany, specialist of internal diseases and participant in about 150 trials of vaccination victims.
"The public is surely entitled to convincing proof, beyond all reasonable doubt, that artificial immunisation is in fact a safe and effective procedure, in no way injurious to health, and that the threat of the corresponding natural diseases remain sufficiently clear and urgent to warrant mass inoculation of everyone, even against their will if necessary. Unfortunately, such proof has never been given." ‑‑ Richard Moskowitz, M.D., Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, March 1983 (76:7)
"Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has been reported following administration of DPT. The significance is unclear. 85% of SIDS cases occur in the period 1 through 6 months of age, with the peak incidence at age 2 to 4 months." ‑‑ From the accompanying insert to Connaught Labs DPT shot.
"Measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and the whole panoply of childhood diseases are a far less serious threat than having a large fraction (say 10%) of a generation afflicted with learning disability and/or uncontrollable aggressive behaviour because of an impassioned crusade for universal vaccination ... Public policy regarding vaccines is fundamentally flawed. It is permeated by conflicts of interest. It is based on poor scientific methodology (including studies that are too small, too short, and too limited in populations represented), which is, moreover, insulated from independent criticism. The evidence is far too poor to warrant overriding the independent judgements of patients, parents, and attending physicians, even if this were ethically or legally acceptable." ‑‑ Association of American Physicians & Surgeons"
The Outcome of Staying the Course
A vote for staying the course will guarantee MORE JOBS LOST, more young men and women dying in Iraq, more debt, more job losses, more loss of rights, more wars, and perhaps, a nuclear confrontation with North Korea.
Is this what ANYONE in their right mind wants?
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